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When you are an artist, there is probably no nicer thing than having a home that is especially designed to give you inspirations and enhance your creativity. The Apollo 11 is one such home. It is meant to be a studio home, functioning as an architecture workshop, a recording studio, and a rehearsal room for acoustic and electric music. Designed by Parra+Edwards Arquitectos, this house manages to make use of its location—which is a beautiful forest in La Reina, Santiago, Chile—to create a home that is wonderful, comfortable, inspiring, and functional.
The house has two levels and a lot of glass. Almost every wall was made totally of glass. This means that the residents of the house can see the forest outside from anywhere in the house—in fact, they will feel like they are living right in the forest itself, surrounded by trees and not by glass walls. The result is a calming and free atmosphere that can persuade the dwellers to unleash their imagination and creativity. Of course, when privacy is preferred, the glass walls can be covered with blinds.
Besides the revealing glass walls, the house also creates free and natural vibe through the use of wood. The parts of the walls that are not glass are covered with wooden planks. The same goes for the floor, and even the ceiling. Wood is also used often for the furniture, although you can also find furniture made of metal (such as the dining chairs and dining table) or leather (like the sofas). The furniture inclines toward a modern style, but it is not so modern that it is irrelevant with the overall natural design. The furniture choice and arrangement suggest some kind of humility and ruggedness, like what you would expect from people that live in a forest. For example, the bed in one of the bedrooms upstairs does not have a frame, it simply is a mattress laid down on the floor.
What’s even better is that this house is sustainable. The architects said that the name of the house, Apollo 11, was inspired by the building’s resemblance to a ship that landed in a forest without damaging it and would leave the forest intact in its departure. Nice, isn’t it? How relieving it is to know that you can have such a wonderful home without causing disadvantages to the environment.